Fri, Aug 18, 2017 | updated 10:01 PM IST

Turkey: President Erdogan blames ISIS for Gaziantep wedding blast

Updated: Aug 21, 2016 15:05 IST      
Turkey: President Erdogan blames ISIS for Gaziantep wedding blast

London, Aug. 21 (ANI): Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that the bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in south-eastern Turkey, killing at least 50 people and wounded 94 others, is likely to have been carried out by the ISIS.

In a written statement Erdogan further said that the aim of attacks like Gaziantep was to sow division between different groups in Turkey such as Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen and spread incitement along ethnic and religious lines.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mehmet Simsek, had earlier said the "barbaric" attack in the city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, appeared to be a case of suicide bombing, reported The Guardian.

Simsek said, "This was a barbaric attack. It appears to be a suicide attack. All terror groups, the PKK, Daesh, the [Gulen movement] are targeting Turkey. But God willing, we will overcome."

Video of the aftermath shows hundreds of people in the darkened street as rescue workers lift victims into ambulances.

The country has been hit by a series of attacks in the past year, which have either been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) or were blamed on the ISIS. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that there is no report of any Indian casualty in the terror attack in Spain where 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians at Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas boulevard tourist area.

Full Story >>

Samurai sword attack at Taipei's Presidential Office

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 15:33 IST     

Beijing [China], August18 (ANI): A samurai sword-wielding man carrying a flag of the People's Republic of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office on Friday.

Full Story >>

Three people beheaded by Al-Shabaab terrorists in Kenya

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 14:20 IST     

London[U.K.], August 18 (ANI):Islamic militants have beheaded three people and burnt houses in an attack in Lamu County located in the Northern Coast of Kenya on Friday.

Full Story >>

Being [China], August 18 (ANI):Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has issued an order to the military to prepare to "shoulder arms," in case of a US invasion, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 18 (ANI): The democracy in the Maldives has been transformed into sheer autocracy ever since the Members of Parliament of United Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on July 3.

Full Story >>

Sharif, sons to defy NAB summons order

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 13:53 IST     

Lahore[Pakistan],August 18 (ANI): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons will show defiance by skipping the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) investigation meeting on Friday into the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case till the Supreme Court decides on his review petition against the apex court's July 28 verdict to disqualify him from office.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): In a series of tweets, Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, the founder and leader (in exile) of the Baloch Republican Party, has raised an objection to extending an invitation to Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf to participate in a talk on peace.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): The Japanese Embassy in India on Friday told ANI that Japan is closely watching the Doklam stand-off between India and China and that no country should make an attempt to unilaterally change status quo by force.

Full Story >>

Sydney [Australia], August 18 (ANI): With India-China stand-off at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction still continuing, Chinese Australians, in their flashy supercars, organized a car rally in Sydney, Australia, to protest against India on its 71st Independence Day.

Full Story >>

Catalan government links attacks of Cambrils, Barcelona

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 11:25 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): The Catalan government are investigating on the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside resort town of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona carried out by the Islamic State terrorists.

Full Story >>

Pak FM seeks UN attention towards Kashmir issue

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 10:59 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday sought the UN Secretary General's attention towards the alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): Referring to the violent White supremacist rally that caused violence in Charlottesville earlier this week, American actress Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey, who graduated from the University of Virginia, said she was concerned about her alma mater.

Full Story >>

Tokyo [Japan], August 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India in September to attend the 'bhoomi poojan' and foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs. 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail link using Japanese bullet-train technology.

Full Story >>

Japan backs India on Doklam issue

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 08:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): Japan came out in full support for India in its protracted military stand-off with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, saying no country should use unilateral forces to change the status quo on the ground.

Full Story >>

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): A Catalan Police spokesperson has said that four suspects were shot dead, and a fifth, who was wounded and arrested, has since died, during the anti-terror operation in Spain's Cambrils after the Islamic State terrorists crashed a van into people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.

Full Story >>

Dubai [U.A.E], August 18 (ANI): A 34-year-old Pakistani man is facing trail for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged Indian boy in Dubai.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to the Barcelona terror attack by spreading a debunked rumor.

Full Story >>

US drone mysteriously crashes in Turkey

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 05:02 IST     

Adana [Turkey], August 18 (ANI): Governor of Adana province in Turkey, Mahmut Demirtas has confirmed that a drone belonging to the United States has crashed under mysterious circumstances in southern Turkey.

Full Story >>

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): Sikh Gurdwaras in Barcelona are lending helping hand at the time of crisis after at least 13 persons have been killed and more than 50 injured in a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas district.

Full Story >>

One suspect in Barcelona 'terror attack' found dead in car

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 03:15 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): One of the suspects involved in Barcelona attack has been found dead in a car three kilometers from where police officers tried to stop him by firing at the vehicle he was in, reports El Pais.

Full Story >>